La Vie Parfaite

A French 1895 edition of St Francis de Sales' Introduction to the Devout Life


Saint Francois de Sales, with a preface by Monseigneur Mermillod


Alfred Mame et Fils, Tours, 1895
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Printing Details

Full leather, with five raised bands and gilt titling to spine. All edges gilt. 16 × 12cm, 383pp. French language.

First published in 1609, this book is about how to live a holy life in the secular world. Drawn from the letters of St. Francis de Sales, this enduring spiritual guide offers clear and direct advice about praying, resisting temptation, and maintaining devotion to God.


A nice reading copy. The leather is in good order but the pages are tanned and lightly foxed throughout with a dry water stain to the bottom half of the pages, heaviest at the first page and receding through the book.



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